Mercado named Conference Carolinas Player of the Week

HIGH POINT, N.C. --- Lees-McRae College senior Chad Mercado (Orlando, Fla.) added to his honors collection on Wednesday, earning his second straight Conference Carolinas men's volleyball Player of the Week award after being named the Sports Imports/AVCA Men's Division I-II National Player of the Week earlier this week, announced league officials.

Mercado powered his way to his second straight weekly honors with a pair of explosive offensive performances, tallying at least 15 kills against Eastern Mennonite University and New Jersey Institute of Technology on Friday, posting a combined 33 kills, three errors and .625 hitting percentage on 48 swings. The Orlando, Fla. native has paced the Bobcats to an 11-7 overall record thus far, including seven wins in their last eight matches.

The 2010 all-conference first team selection opened the week in dominating fashion, recording 18 kills and just one error on 21 attempts against Eastern Mennonite on Friday afternoon to post an astonishing .810 hitting percentage. Mercado followed with an impressive performance against NCAA Division I NJIT in the Bobcats' second match of the day, notching 15 kills and a .481 attacking percentage in LMC's second three-set sweep of the evening.

Mercado has enjoyed a tremendous season thus far, entering the week ranked third in the nation in kills per set (4.77), 11th in hitting percentage (0.352), and 41st in digs per frame (1.66). The 6-5, 235-pound opposite has recorded at least 10 kills in all but one match this season, including a trio of 20-kill performances.

Lees-McRae returns to the court on Monday, Mar. 14 when the Bobcats host Limestone College in a Conference Carolinas match at 3 p.m., and Philadelphia Biblical University in a 7:30 p.m. tilt. Both matches will be played in Williams Gymnasium.

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